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Günter Blobel, a Nobel laureate who redefined cell biology, has died

Günter Blobel, a Nobel Prize-winning Rockefeller biologist who discovered the mechanisms by which proteins are targeted for delivery to specific locations within cells, died February 18 at 81. Blobel joined the Rockefeller faculty 51 years ago; he was the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor and had been a Howard Hughes…...

Proof of principle: Tri-I TDI drug candidates “graduate” to next phase of development

When the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute launched just over four years ago, nothing like it existed in academia. The nonprofit academic corporation—a joint venture between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medicine, with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. as their partner—was tasked with expediting the development…...

Neuroscientist Vanessa Ruta promoted to associate professor

Animals, from flies to humans, can be fickle. Take responses to odor. A waft of a single scent can attract or repulse, all depending on the sniffer’s experience and what else is going on at the time. Neuroscientist Vanessa Ruta, who explores how brains produce such flexible responses to fixed…...

Daniel Kronauer, who uses ants to study social behavior, is promoted

Scientists have long been fascinated by the sophisticated, highly structured societies found within beehives, ant colonies, and the nests of other social insects. But the same complex biology that so interests researchers also makes these bugs difficult experimental subjects. Daniel Kronauer, who has dedicated his laboratory to investigating the molecular…...

Statistical physicist and Rockefeller Professor Emeritus E.G.D. “Eddie” Cohen dies at 94

  Ezechiel Godert David “Eddie” Cohen, an emeritus faculty member at The Rockefeller University and leader in statistical physics and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, died September 24 at the age of 94. The field of statistical physics seeks to understand the behavior of matter in terms of the properties of the…...

JoAnne Stubbe of MIT will receive the 2017 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize

The Rockefeller University today announced that JoAnne Stubbe will receive the 2017 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, the preeminent international award honoring outstanding women scientists. Stubbe, who is the Novartis Professor of Chemistry and Biology Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will receive the 14th annual Prize in a ceremony…...

Rockefeller is a leading institution in Nature Index ranking of innovation

The Rockefeller University ranks highly in a survey of academic institutions that sheds light on the impact their research is having on innovation. By examining how research articles are cited in patents owned by third parties—informed by and citing academic work—rather than those held by institutions themselves, the Nature Index…...

23 students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 59th convocation

The Rockefeller University today awards doctoral degrees to 23 students who have completed their studies in bioscience. As part of a tradition dating back to the university’s first convocation ceremony in 1959, each doctoral candidate is presented for the degree by his or her mentor. In addition, honorary science degrees…...

Hundreds of children and their families attend Rockefeller’s Science Saturday festival

The university’s annual science festival for kids, now in its fourth year, drew more than 1,000 visitors to Rockefeller May 6. Science Saturday, hosted jointly by the Parents & Science and Science Outreach programs, featured more than 35 hands-on experiments and interactive demonstrations led by more than 120 volunteers from…...

New faculty member studies the tuberculosis bacterium

An ancient threat, tuberculosis is alive and well in the modern world. The most recent addition to Rockefeller’s faculty, Jeremy M. Rock, uses genetics to study the bacterium responsible for this enduring, deadly disease, with the goal of generating new, more effective treatments for it. Rock will join the university…...